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Practice only with carry gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by breakingcontact, Feb 7, 2013.

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  1. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    Well, I can't answer that exactly as that's not how I do what I do.

    I know that if I shoot my 629 for a month or two I'll be pretty well on top of it and the gun will come up naturally and put shots where I want at what I consider to be my normal speed and accuracy. I can reload without fumbling and remember when I need to reload without getting the "click-click" reminder! :eek:

    If the next week I bring out the xDM or 1911, my draw feels awkward and I get errant shots wandering around the target if I push myself to duplicate the speed and fluidity I had attained with the 629. That speed and fluidity (what I call having it "in my hands" or being able to "run" the gun) does come back, but it takes serious time.

    Switch off to the 1911, or a CZ, or whatever and it starts over again.

    What would happen if I just shot a random assortment of guns each week, I'm not sure, but I wouldn't stake my competition game on it. (Maybe my life, though! ;))

    And that might not be the same result as if I practiced in a dedicated fashion with just two distinctly different guns.

    It is certainly a complex question, but I don't think there is any validity to the idea that shooting a variety of guns makes you a better shot, and certainly none to the idea that shooting a variety of guns prepares you to be at your best if you have to draw your carry gun tomorrow.
  2. ATLDave

    ATLDave Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    Thoughtful, as always, Sam.
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